APPENDIX 7: COMMISSION MECHANISMS FOR
The Inter-Service Quality Support Group (iQSG)
proposes improvements in programming methodology as well as screening
draft strategy papers and indicative programmes to ensure consistent
high quality. Based in DG Development it also developed a common
framework for Country Strategy Papers (CSPs) which contains a
requirement to look at coherence. Each CSP should there identify
linkages between external assistance, trade, fisheries, agriculture,
conflict prevention, food security and the CFSP.
Country teams bring together all DGs and EC officials
concerned with co-operation in a particular country. They carry
out coherence analysis that that country and are therefore the
primary instrument for ensuring that the EU adheres to a consistent
and coherence policy towards a third country.
In addition there are policy coherence working
groups for all geographic areas, including Africa, and on
many thematic topics. Though not development oriented, they often
consider development-related issues.
Finally, the Commission identifies, through an impact
assessment process, the potential positive and negative economic,
social and environmental effects of proposed new measures. The
European Councils of December 2004 and May 2005 referred to impact
assessment as the European tool for promoting policy coherence
for development and called upon the Commission to improve it.
202 EU Mechanisms that promote policy coherence
for development Scoping Study, European Centre for Development
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